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Joint response to DESNZ consultation on: The Home Energy Model – Future Homes Standard assessment

April 2024

University of Reading Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Group and EDRC welcome and support wholeheartedly DESNZ’s initiative to develop enhanced frameworks for the energy rating of dwellings that are fit for the challenges associated with the Net Zero agenda.

In our joint response, we provide a series of observations as well as recommendations to contribute to the improvement of positive elements of the framework, and to address issues which we think could lead to undesirable consequences.

Our themes

Our interdisciplinary and collaborative research programme is arranged in five main research themes of Futures, Flexibility, Place, Governance and Equity. These themes cut across different scientific disciplines from engineering to social sciences, exploring the combined technological, economic and societal solutions that can deliver energy demand reductions in buildings, transport and industry.

“Our experienced team produces innovative energy demand research on industry, buildings and transport. We answer the key research question of how to deliver reductions in energy demand to tackle the challenge of climate change. We provide robust evidence that supports the reduction of energy use whilst ensuring affordable use of energy, better energy security and improved quality of life.”

Energy Demand Research Centre (EDRC) team